Matthew Barton (NSW) has won his first Australian Pro Tour singles title at the Alice Springs Tennis International.
It was a hallmark win for 20-year-old Barton who defeated top seed Sam Groth (VIC) in blazing fashion to take the men’s championship 7-6(3) 6-3.
“I’m really happy. It’s my first title and I played a great match. Hopefully there are bigger things to come in the future,” said an elated Barton after his victory.
“I saved a set point early in the first set. I was 5-4 down, serving and I managed to hit an ace. I just took confidence from that into the tiebreaker and took my opportunities when they came.
“In the second set, Sam was up a break and I managed to rattle off five straight games. He’s got the world’s fastest serve so I hung in there and battled hard,” added Barton.
It’s a convincing result for the world No.494, who heading into the match trailed the No.256 ranked Groth 0-2 in their head-to-head count. The right-hander seems to be coming into some form as we move towards the Australian summer after already posting some positive results on the Asian Futures circuit earlier this year.
The Australian Pro Tour now moves to South Australia for the City of Onkaparinga International (men’s event) and City of Salisbury Tennis International (women’s event).